Agenda

NORTH STAR 10X | 31 MAY - 02 JUNE 2023

An agenda that spotlights the most agile founders from unicorns and high-growth startups who have been at successfully navigating the market turbulence - discover who they are at the 10X Stage. Why Venture Capital funding in African startups deployed over record $5 Billion last year and what are their current plans in light of the bankrun and revaluations and corrections? Are we going to find the next unicorn in Africa?

11:00 - 12:00

11:25 – 11:30
31 May 2023 | 5 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Opening Remarks by the Chair

2023's tougher fundraising environment offers the most disciplined and innovative African startups an opportunity to build innovative solutions for huge problems.

Speakers

Tomiwa Aladekomo

CEO

Nigeria

Tech Cabal

11:30 – 11:40
31 May 2023 | 10 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Keynote Address: Africa Fundraising – Africa is Uniquely Positioned for a Shift

Speakers

Mehdi El Alaoui

Head of Startup Department

Morocco

Agence de Développement du Digital (ADD)

11:40 – 12:30
31 May 2023 | 50 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Pan-African Power Session: Building Bridges of Innovation

• How local governments continue to shape a more supportive legislative framework to catalyse growth in Africa?
• Navigating through difficult legal and regulatory environments.
• Stable Regulations for scaling; what is ideal?

Speakers

Yakubu Yakubu Musa

National Coordinator

Nigeria

National Information Technology Development Agency

Dr. Mame Aby Seye

General Delegate

Senegal

Délégation générale à l’Entrepreneuriat Rapide des Femmes et des Jeunes (DER/FJ)

Bassel Rahmy

CEO

Egypt

MSMEDA

Mehdi El Alaoui

Head of Startup Department

Morocco

Agence de Développement du Digital (ADD)

Tesi Rusagara

Managing Director

Rwanda

Kigali Innovation City

Tomiwa Aladekomo

CEO

Nigeria

Tech Cabal

12:00 - 13:00

12:30 – 12:50
31 May 2023 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

HUAWEI CLOUD, Technology Inspires Innovation for New Value with Everything as a Service

Speakers

Xiaoming Zhu

VP, Global Industry Development

Huawei Cloud

12:50 – 13:10
31 May 2023 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Unlocking Business Opportunities in Spain: Rising Up 2023 program for Startups

Rising UP in Spain is the technology and business talent attraction programme of ICEX-Invest in Spain designed for foreign startups which intend to set up in Spain in collaboration with a local partner

Speakers

Martin Jerch

Head of Department Entrepreneurship & Investments

ICEX – Invest in Spain

13:00 - 14:00

13:10 – 14:00
31 May 2023 | 50 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Break, Main Stage Keynotes and Exhibition

14:00 - 15:00

14:00 – 14:20
31 May 2023 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Unicorns Session: Unicorns for Rising Founders

• What are most dynamic unicorns doing for the upcoming founders?
• Becoming funders and mentors - what’s in it for the founders?
• Lessons learned on prioritising and scaling up

Speakers

Melvyn Lubega

Founder & Director

Australia

Go1

Jong Yoon Kim

CEO

South Korea

Yanolja

Sidi Saccoh

Ecosystem Developer & Host

UK/Sierra Leone

ThePitchRoomAfrica

14:20 – 14:40
31 May 2023 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Founder Connect! Spend your Pre-seed Cash Wisely – Scaling, Marketing or R&D?

Speakers

Noureddine Tayebi

Founder

USA

Yassir

14:40 – 15:20
31 May 2023 | 40 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

What are Asian Investors Really upto in Africa?

• Asia ramps up their investment in the African ecosystem
• Investments in AI, Fintech and more
• What will Africa’s FDI environment look like in 2030?

Speakers

Takuma Terakubo

CEO & General Partner

Uncovered Fund Inc

Jongkil Lee

Management & Planning Bureau Director

Korea-Africa Foundation

Mohamed-Ali (Dali) Lakhoua

North and Western Africa VC specialist, Cathay AfricInvest Innovation Fund (CAIF)

AfricInvest

Aziza Inoubli

Head of MENA

Nigeria

Briter Bridges

15:00 - 16:00

15:20 – 15:50
31 May 2023 | 30 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Startup Act in Africa

How is Japan deepening partnerships through innovation in African countries?
- NEPAD initiates to build a network of people in charge at the working level and share the know-how of each country
- Successes and failures, lessons learned to strengthen the entire African startup ecosystem

Speakers

Nao Fuwa

JICA Expert

Nigeria

Japan International Cooperation Agency (Nigeria)

Salma Baghdadi

Startup Ecosystem Director

Tunisia

Smart Capital

Selamyihun Adeffris Haile

Director General

Ethiopia

Ministry of Innovation and Technology

George Murumba

Program Manager

South Africa

AUDA-NEPAD

Yakubu Yakubu Musa

National Coordinator

Nigeria

National Information Technology Development Agency

16:00 - 17:00

16:00 – 16:30
31 May 2023 | 30 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Fireside Chat: Why are Top Global VCs Piling into African Startups?

• What is Africa doing to attract foreign commercial capital?
• What is missing for fulfill investor confidence in the continent?
• How are we treating due diligence vs market opportunity?

Speakers

Shruti Chandrasekhar

Africa Regional Lead

USA

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Enrique Martinez-Hausmann

Principal

UK

Speedinvest

Tomiwa Aladekomo

CEO

Nigeria

Tech Cabal

16:30 – 16:50
31 May 2023 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Venture Investing in the Region

Speakers

Kushal Shah

Managing Director - Corporate Venture Capital

UAE

e& capital - Arm of e& / Etisalat

Elodie Robin

Head of Growth & Strategy

UAE

Hub71, Abu Dhabi Global Tech Hub

16:50 – 17:20
31 May 2023 | 30 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Investor Session: Startup Re-valuations, Tech Stocks Dip, Bankrun - Now What?

• Revaluing the valuations when predictions are hard to make
• How can you work conservatively with the VC to make the investment journey successful?
• Survival tips for turbulent waters

Speakers

Yassine Laghzioui

CEO

Morocco

UM6P Ventures

Tony Idugboe

Group Chief Investment Officer

Nigeria

Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX Group)

Ibrahim Ramadan

Partner

Egypt

Sawari Ventures

17:00 - 18:00

17:20 – 17:30
31 May 2023 | 10 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

2023: A Watershed Moment

2023''s tougher fundraising environment offers the most disciplined and innovative African startups an opportunity to build innovative solutions for huge problems.

Speakers

Tomiwa Aladekomo

CEO

Nigeria

Tech Cabal

17:30 – 17:35
31 May 2023 | 5 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Closing Remarks and End of Day 1

10:00 - 11:00

10:55 – 11:00
01 June 2023 | 5 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Opening Remarks by Chairman

Speakers

Tomiwa Aladekomo

CEO

Nigeria

Tech Cabal

11:00 - 12:00

11:00 – 11:20
01 June 2023 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

In Conversation with Mastercard Foundation: Leaving Footprints in Africa

• Young Africa Works vision to unlock 30 million work opportunities by 2030
• Stronger collaboration to drive entrepreneurial economic growth
• Emerging learnings from the Mastercard Foundation Africa Growth Fund?
• Digital economy as an enabler as well as a job creating sector

Speakers

Nathalie Akon Gabala

Executive Director, Pan African Programs

Kenya

Mastercard Foundation

Tomiwa Aladekomo

CEO

Nigeria

Tech Cabal

11:20 – 11:35
01 June 2023 | 15 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Founder Connect! How I Got the World’s Second Largest Defense/ Military Manufacturer to Invest in My Company?

Speakers

Lucas Le Bell

Founder

France

CerbAir

11:35 – 11:55
01 June 2023 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Technology as the Fast Way for Scaleups to Grow Sustainably

Join us and hear the conversation between the serial founder, Larbi Alaoui Belrhiti, Co-Founder of Yola Fresh and previously Senior VP of Jumia and Marie Campagne, Head of Grow with SAP for Scaleups

Speakers

Larbi Alaoui Belrhiti

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Morocco

YoLa Fresh

Marie Campagne

Head of Grow

Germany

SAP for ScaleUps, Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa

11:55 – 12:30
01 June 2023 | 35 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Disrupting the Status Quo: Strategies for Building Most Inclusive and Innovative Tech Ecosystems

• How to foster innovation by bringing diverse perspectives to the table
• Strategies for overcoming bias and systemic barriers to create more inclusive tech ecosystems
• The role of investors, accelerators, and other stakeholders in supporting disruptive founders
• Best practices for creating more inclusive and equitable tech ecosystems that benefit all stakeholders

Speakers

Mareme Dieng

Africa Lead

Spain

500 Global

Anna Ekelado

Executive Director

Nigeria

AfriLabs

Giovanni Zazzerini

Secretary General

Italy

INSME

Segun Cole

Founder

Nigeria

Fund the Gap

Karen Serem Waithaka

Investment Principal

Kenya

The Catalyst Fund

12:00 - 13:00

12:30 – 13:00
01 June 2023 | 30 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Fintech Focus: Do Africans Trust Fintech Platforms More than the Banking Systems?

• Building the $230 billion Fintech Market in Africa
• How is financial inclusion becoming an SDG priority
• Addressing the structural shift with increasing mobile usage penetration

Speakers

Alicia Levine

COO

USA

Chipper Cash

Elisabeth Carpenter

COO

USA

Circle

Ismael Belkhayat

Founder & CEO

Morocco

Chari

Juliana Rotich

Head of Fintech

Kenya

Safaricom

Sara Asad

Investments

China

MSA Novo

13:00 - 14:00

13:00 – 13:20
01 June 2023 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Keynote: Empowering a New Generation of African Entrepreneurs

Only two tech companies from Africa have gone public in the last decade. But with record capital inflows and the rise of unicorns, the question on everyone's mind is: will we witness a surge of IPOs in the tech space across the continent?

Speakers

Somachi Chris-Asoluka

CEO

Nigeria

Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF)

13:20 – 14:00
01 June 2023 | 40 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Break, Main Stage Keynotes and Exhibition

14:00 - 15:00

14:00 – 14:20
01 June 2023 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Founder Connect! Driving Growth in the Music and Entertainment Space

Speakers

Cathy Guetta

Co-Founder

UK

Djaayz

Raphael Aflalo

CEO & Co-Founder

UK

Djaayz

14:20 – 15:00
01 June 2023 | 40 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Investor vs Unicorn: Uncertainty in the Changing Startup Climate

• The current state of the tech industry and the need for disruption
• With the recent bank runs and downrounds, where does this leave African startups?
• Funding winter won’t last forever

Speakers

Jack Selby

Managing Director

USA

Thiel Capital

Ben Marell

Founder

France

Breega

Jeremy Hodara

Co-Founder & Former CEO

France

Jumia

David Adeleke

Africa Editor

Rest of World

15:00 - 16:00

15:00 – 15:10
01 June 2023 | 10 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Foster Africa-Dubai Ecosystem Collaborations

Speakers

Saeed Al Gergawi

Vice President

UAE

Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy

15:10 – 15:30
01 June 2023 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Unicorn Content: Products that Disrupt the Normal

• What''s going on in the minds of the unicorn geniuses
• What makes your startup scalable and investable?
• Innovating with data, tech, Ai and metaverse
• Quick-Commerce Revolution: Catalysing the growth of local ecosystems

Speakers

Bertrand Levy

Vice President Global Licensing & Brand Partnerships

The Sandbox

Rodrigo Alier

Global Executive Director

Spain

Glovo

Berla Mundi

TV/Radio Presenter

Ghana

TV3

15:30 – 16:00
01 June 2023 | 30 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Fundraising 101: Breakthrough Fundraising Tips for First Timers and the Mistakes to Avoid

• Tools for new founders looking to draw capital
• Awareness on fundraising entry barriers on the continent and how to tackle them
• Venturing in the VC access market

Speakers

Ramez El-Serafy

CEO

UAE

Flat6Labs

Zachariah George

Managing Partner

South Africa

Launch Africa Ventures

16:00 - 17:00

16:00 – 16:20
01 June 2023 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Unlocking access to early-stage funding in Africa by Digital Africa

Speakers

Stephane Kablan Allou

Chief Financial Officer

Rwanda

Digital Africa

16:20 – 16:25
01 June 2023 | 5 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Closing Remarks and End of Day 2

11:00 - 12:00

11:00 – 11:05
02 June 2023 | 5 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Opening Remarks by Chairman

Speakers

Tomiwa Aladekomo

CEO

Nigeria

Tech Cabal

11:05 – 11:20
02 June 2023 | 15 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

IPO: More Startups to Come?

Speakers

Tony Idugboe

Group Chief Investment Officer

Nigeria

Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX Group)

11:20 – 11:50
02 June 2023 | 30 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Dynamic Debate: Challenging Yourself - Raise Now or Wait?

• Does it really matter how much your startup raises?
• Guide to scaling up quickly, but what do the current markets say?
• Is the VC market deflating?
• Bootstrapping through the startup ride

Speakers

Alaa El Huni

Chief Business Officer

UAE

CAFU

Aya Zaghnin

Investor

South Africa

Breega

Omar El Hyani

Investment Director

Morocco

Maroc Numeric Fund

Aziza Inoubli

Head of MENA

Nigeria

Briter Bridges

Tarek Chelaifa

Senior Manager

Tunisia

GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator program

11:50 – 12:15
02 June 2023 | 25 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Corporate Panel: Incubators and Corporates Joint Efforts Behind Enabling the Startups

• What are corporates doing to supercharge African startups?
• Taking angel investing beyond cheque signing
• Facilitating access to capital in emerging markets

Speakers

Pascal Murasira

MD East Africa

Rwanda

Norrsken

Konstantin Hapkemeyer

Investment Manager

Portugal

Seedstars

Alvin Katto

Chief Growth Officer

Uganda

Hive Colab

Lior Weizman

Director

Israel

SAP

Charles Shyaka

General Manager

Rwanda

250 Startups

12:00 - 13:00

12:15 – 12:40
02 June 2023 | 25 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Ventures Fireside: Soonicorns and Rising Ventures Agenda for the Youngest Continent

• Why the time is now for Africa to take a seat at the global innovation table?
• What makes Africa a ripe market for founders and ventures seeking to build the next unicorn?
• Steering the growth of scale-ups and support across the ecosystem

Speakers

Mikael Hajjar

General Partner

UK

P1 Ventures

Ashim Egunjobi

Managing Partner

Nigeria

Octerra Capital

Daniel Yu

Founder & CEO

Tanzania

Wasoko

Diego Arias

Ventures

Egypt

Plug and Play

Mark Kleyner

Partner

UK

Dream VC

12:40 – 13:10
02 June 2023 | 30 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

The Power of Women Founded Startups

What work stands behind a successful startup? Discover the story of Marie-Reine Seshie, CEO and Co-founder of Kola Market, a platform that helps SMEs grow well. Marie-Reine hit the shortlist of the Aurora Tech Award, a global award for women tech founders. Join us for an engaging and insightful discussion on the success secrets to scaling, hosted by inDrive. 

Speakers

Marie-Reine Seshie

Aurora Tech Award finalist, Founder & CEO

Ghana

Kola Market Inc.

Hamza Madrani

Business Development Representative

inDrive

13:00 - 14:00

13:10 – 14:00
02 June 2023 | 50 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Break, Main Stage Keynotes and Exhibition

14:00 - 15:00

14:00 – 14:20
02 June 2023 | 20 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Unicorn-Investor Face-to-Face: What makes you Attractive towards Investors?

Join the newest African unicorn making headlines as they talk about the criteria that make them more attractive to investors.

Speakers

Mounir Nakhla

Founder & CEO

Egypt

MNT-Halan

Mohamed Okasha

Founder & GP

Egypt

Disruptech Egypt Venture

Aya Zaghnin

Investor

South Africa

Breega

14:20 – 14:50
02 June 2023 | 30 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Ingredients of Sustainability Success in Emerging Markets

Speakers

Bill Liao

General Partner

Ireland

SOSV

Bongani Sithole

CEO

South Africa

Founders Factory Africa

Aziza Inoubli

Head of MENA

Nigeria

Briter Bridges

Ashim Egunjobi

Managing Partner

Nigeria

Octerra Capital

14:50 – 15:20
02 June 2023 | 30 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Is the Funding Source for Startups Shrinking?

• What does the recent bankrun mean for startups?
• Will this make fundraising even more difficult?
• What does this mean for the global VCs?

Speakers

Ryosuke Yamawaki

Partner

Japan

Verod-Kepple Africa Ventures

Omar Hassan

Managing Director

UK

Global Growth Hub

Sidi Saccoh

Ecosystem Developer & Host

UK/Sierra Leone

ThePitchRoomAfrica

Charles Shyaka

General Manager

Rwanda

250 Startups

Neda Al-Daihani

General Manager

Kuwait

SACGC

Nawfal Fassi Fihri

Managing Director

Morocco

212 Founders by CDG Invest

15:00 - 16:00

15:20 – 18:00
02 June 2023 | 160 Minutes
Free
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Supernova Finals

18:00 - 19:00

18:00 – 18:05
02 June 2023 | 5 Minutes
Paid
  • Track: North Star 10X
  • 10x Startups

Closing Remarks and End of the Conference